Aconsortium led by CRRC Corporation is one of the two shortlisted bidders for a contract to modernize Line 1 of the Mexico City Metro. The Chinese state-owned rolling stock manufacturer is working with CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive, which has already supplied 26 trains to the Monterrey metro system in Nuevo León state.
The rival consortium is led by Spanish rail provider CAF, which previously supplied trains to the metro system and operates the Mexico City-State of Mexico suburban service. It has partnered with CAF Investment Projects, Brownfield SPV IV and AEI Infraestructura de México.
Line 1 dates back to the late 1960s and is estimated to cost $ 1.8 billion to upgrade. The project involves the supply of 30 new trains and the improvement of the railway infrastructure and control systems on the 18.8-kilometer line.
The winning consortium will have up to four years to ensure that the 30 trains are in operation, seven years to maintain the trains and the line, and 15 years to maintain the control system.
Previously in the bidding process, which is in charge of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of the United Mexican States (SCT Mexico), there was also interest from the consortiums made up of Alstom, Mitsubishi Electric and Bombardier.